A free press is bad news for corruption

  title={A free press is bad news for corruption},
  author={Aymo Brunetti and Beatrice Weder},
  journal={Journal of Public Economics},
Abstract This paper tests the proposition that a free press may be a powerful control on corruption. We find evidence of a significant relationship between more press freedom and less corruption in a large cross-section of countries. This result is robust to specification and sample and the relationship is not sensitive to the choice of a particular measure of corruption or of press freedom. Furthermore we present evidence which suggests that the direction of causation runs from higher press… Expand

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